Prof. Chang is co-teaching a course with Prof. Yao Yao (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University) at the 2023 Linguistic Institute, taking place this summer at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst! Their course is a four-week course entitled "Phonetics and Phonology of Bilingualism".
Congratulations to Prof. Chang on being named a Fellow of the Psychonomic Society!
Prof. Chang will be at Penn State this week to give a colloquium at the Center for Language Science. The title of his talk is "Multilingual speech: The new frontier of examining cross-language interactions".
Kudos to junior Linguistics major Sam Rigor (CAS '24) and recent alum Kate Fraser (CAS '22) on their acceptances to the upcoming Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA 2023), to take place in January!
Sam will present the poster "Coronal stop deletion in Asian American speech: Effects of phonology, ethnicity, and language use" (co-authored with Prof. Chang).
Kate will present the talk "Perception of Asian American identity in speech: The role of listener background and ideology" (co-authored with Prof. Chang).
Congratulations to all!
Prof. Chang will be in Norway next week to give a colloquium at the University of Oslo's Center for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan. The title of his talk is "Similarity and order effects in multilingual speech perception and production".
Prof. Chang is giving a talk this week at the 51st Poznań Linguistic Meeting (PLM2022)! His talk (co-authored with Prof. Sunyoung Ahn, University of Manitoba) is entitled "Societal context and the development of emotion words in bilingual children" and is in the thematic session "Multilingual ecologies in a comparative perspective: Well-being of speakers, social practices and challenges to linguistic diversity" on Saturday, September 10.
Jackson will give a talk entitled "Exploring the onset of phonetic drift in perception" (co-authored with Prof. Chang) on Friday morning in Session 13: Speech Perception I (10am-12pm).
Felix will co-present the poster "Minimizing complexity while maintaining the grammar: The case of diminutives in heritage Twi" (co-authored with Prof. Chang) with fellow PhD student Alex Kohut in the Friday afternoon poster session.
Jackson will co-present the poster "Language-specific infant babbling patterns in Kabyle Berber" with fellow PhD students Dalila Gaoua and Jupitara Ray, also in the Friday afternoon poster session.
Congratulations to Felix Kpogo on receiving a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement (DDRI) Grant! His dissertation project, advised by Prof. Chang, is entitled "Investigating Sound Change in an Understudied Language: A Sociophonetic Study of Age and Locality Effects". Well-done, Felix!
A paper entitled "Intoxication and pitch control in tonal and non-tonal language speakers" (Tang, Chang, Green, Bao, Hindley, Kim, & Nevins, 2022) has been published in the open-access journal JASA Express Letters.
Abstract: Alcohol intoxication is known to affect pitch variability in non-tonal languages. In this study, intoxication's effects on pitch were examined in tonal and non-tonal language speakers, in both their native language (L1; German, Korean, Mandarin) and nonnative language (L2; English). Intoxication significantly increased pitch variability in the German group (in L1 and L2), but not in the Korean or Mandarin groups (in L1 or L2), although there were individual differences. These results support the view that pitch control is related to the functional load of pitch and is an aspect of speech production that can be advantageously transferred across languages, overriding the expected effects of alcohol.
This study followed Open Science practices, and all materials and data are publicly accessible via the Open Science Framework at https://osf.io/2tx4m/.